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Native Tongue Audiobook

Native Tongue

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Publisher's Summary

Ex-reporter Joe Winder had been working in the public relations department of a sleazy family entertainment park, The Amazing Kingdom of Thrills, when he chanced upon a news-breaking story inspired by the disappearance of two blue-tongued voles and the bizarre death of Orky, the killer whale.

©1991 Carl Hiaasen; (P)1992 Recorded Books

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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 08-25-11
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 08-25-11 Member Since 2015

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Funny satire that forgot to be funny"

    I don't know why this ended up in my reading list - musta been on sale or something. It's not a bad story and does have some good parts, but there's a lot of "satire" in it that just missed the mark. And too much "aren't I funny" from the author. He isn't that funny. The story isn't that "biting" or insightful and there's WAY too much time spent harping on about environmental destruction... I got the point by the halfway mark.

    Trimming out a couple hours would have made it more enjoyable. We could have skipped most of the story around Joe's porn girlfriend (still don't know what the point of her was), Skink's stupid panther shenanigans (oh-kay, what was that all about?), and the steroid-head's over-the-topness (maybe this guy was supposed to be funny? it was just dumb). I don't think I'll read any more of this author's stuff though... his writing just isn't as funny as he thinks he is.

    The narration, however, was excellent.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    valerie 02-16-13
    valerie 02-16-13 Member Since 2011

    I listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!

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    "ok if you like a little silly"

    It was okay, but I was kinda over it by the middle. so much of it was unrealistic, if you decide to read it yuou will probably agree. Very entertaining tongue in check detective work.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ronnie Cincinnati, OH, United States 03-04-11
    Ronnie Cincinnati, OH, United States 03-04-11 Member Since 2013
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    "I liked it"

    It gets very funny towards the middle/end--hang in there. Not one of my favorites but good.

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    Rich Tanguy Arkansas 11-23-10
    Rich Tanguy Arkansas 11-23-10 Member Since 2017

    Concealed Weapon

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    "Just a fun story"

    Not great literature. Not terribly complicated. Interesting characters. Likable main character. Fun plot How can you not like an ornery libidinous dolphin?

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 01-20-13
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Silly... If You Want That... This Is Your Book..."

    I'm torn, this story falls into one of two types... (1) It is was ordered up by the people who create Chelsea Grammar screenplays so that the star can sell his reputation for the most bucks quick until eventually everyone who might have attended decides, "Fool me once... shame on you.. But fool me twice and well, I feel gypped." or (2) It's one of those "Famous Writing Academy" classroom exercise where the manuscript is passed to another student after his predecessor wrote a chapter.

    Okay, in both cases, some talented people might flack out the next scene or chapter, but their reward's going to come from a teacher or producer, not from anyone who actually pays money for the thing. No wonder that the longest chapter in Native Tongue is the epilogue which has to fill more holes than come woven into a Florida window-screen. I didn't hate this thing... But the word "disappoint" sparks to mind fast as a Bic's flame.

    Once upon a time I reeeeeeely enjoyed Carl Hiaasen. I guess he got used to the income supplement from books and figures its also a way to wrap something around his nature rants. Hell, maybe the rants let him sleep at night? Certainly it can't be authorial pride anymore. Sigh... Skip this one, K?

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Luntas Golden, CO United States 12-19-16
    Luntas Golden, CO United States 12-19-16
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    "Love Carl Hiaasen!"

    This was another funny and entertaining book about characters in South Florida. It's a good escape from the day to day and a great story.

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    Dubi New York, NY 09-29-16
    Dubi New York, NY 09-29-16

    People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.

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    "Can You Feel the Skink?"

    Often a positive review of a prolific author goes like this: well, fans will definitely love it, but newbies? Not sure. Carl Hiaasen's formula is so familiar to his longtime readers that I have to caution them: You'll like it, but don't expect anything you haven't seen before. But if you've never read Hiaasen, this is as good a place to start as any -- you may very well love this.

    The elements of most Hiaasens: greedy land developers threaten ecological disaster, aided and abetted or fiercely opposed by a vast array of characters pulled right out Florida's varied fauna -- jaded journalist, bumbling burglars, loopy longtime locals, feckless outsiders, cynical law enforcement, an exceptional love interest, and quite often actual fauna, animals with interesting character traits of their own.

    Native Tongue possesses another element that appears in some but not all Hiaasesns: Skink, the vengeful hermit ex-Governor who is kind of like a swamp batman. And his state trooper pal, Jim Tile. This is Skink's second appearance in chronological order, but since the narrative is not sequential from book to book, you can jump into his series anywhere -- this one's good, Double Whammy (Skink's first) is just as good.

    This framework is usually put together to allow Hiaasen to take aim at some icon of Florida life. In Native Tongue, that icon is the Theme Park. Thinly veiled low-rent version of Disney World, here called the Amazing Kingdom. That gives Hiaasen a number of easy targets -- rickety rides, corrupt park practices, crass commercialism, militant environmentalists, resort golf, even cetaceans behaving badly.

    All in good fun. For me, a half dozen titles into Hiaasen, the redoubtable George Wilson at the mic (that's a compliment), as is often the case in Hiaasen's early canon, it turned out to be good, albeit predictable. Slow start, especially since I couldn't tell who the good guys were, if there was even going to be any good guys. Then Skink comes along and the story soars from there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    hobbynonni 09-25-16
    hobbynonni 09-25-16 Listener Since 2009
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    "fair storyline"

    hard to get enthused about this plot. good for sleeping tho. just not a "page turner"

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    M. Boehringer Fredericksburg, VA 09-22-16
    M. Boehringer Fredericksburg, VA 09-22-16

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Environmentalists rejoice!"

    The is a beautiful, cheeky tale from a writer whose passion for his home state is only surpassed by a writing style that is elegant, natural and a hell of a lot of fun to listen to.

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    Casey 04-10-16
    Casey 04-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Hiaasen Does it Again"

    Once again Hiaasen knocks it out of the park with a phenomenal tale of adventure, mystery, and nature. A must read for anyone interested in Florida ecology.

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